Impression from the 2nd Stakeholders’ Forum | © Gorazd Weiss, BILAT UKR*AINA project
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Lessons learnt and good practices of the process of association to Framework Programmes and innovation supporting measures and policies were in the focus of the 2nd Stakeholders’ Forum of the project BILAT-UKR*AINA held on 27-28 January, Kyiv, Ukraine. Presentations of distinguished speakers being experts of these fields enriched the programme followed by discussions. The event was of high interest; more than 70 participants registered and attended.
Since Ukraine will officially associate to Horizon 2020 in the forthcoming months, the event proved to be even more appropriate. Research and innovation is an important field in which Ukraine is linking ties closer with the EU. The significance of the event was underlined by Dr. Maksym Strikha, Deputy Minister of Education and Science for Ukraine, Anatoly Zagorodny, Vice President of the National Academy of Science of Ukraine as well as Thierry Devars, International Relations Officer of the EC responsible for the BILAT-UKR*AINA. On behalf of the consortium, Mr. Gorazd Weiss, BILAT-UKR*AINA project coordinator, presented also the latest project results.
Dr. Marina Gorokhovatska
Ms Zsuzsanna Angyal
Particpants at the UNTPAM launch event | © DLR
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On 24 October, the launch conference for the Ukrainian National Technology Platform on Advanced Materials (UNTPAM) took place in Kyiv. Bringing together the capacities of Ukrainian material science research and industry in this field, UNTPAM aims to strengthen innovative developments, facilitate coherence in national and international cooperation and initiate the definition of a strategic research agenda for Ukraine. Expected long-term results include a significant acceleration of the implementation of scientific results, improved research funding, an increase in the number of work places and an improved access to the European and world markets.
The event gathered more than 80 participants from the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine) and branch institutes, Ukrainian universities, industrial entities and public organizations. They presented their potential, industrial and market needs in this field, and received the information about experiences of the National Technology Platforms from EU member states and Ukraine.
The Ukrainian National Technology Platform on Advanced Materials was established with the support of the BILAT-UKR*AINA project (Pilot Activity 1) by the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, I. Frantsevych Institute for Problems of Materials Sciences, and Ukrainian Materials Research Society. Ten representatives of research, industrial and public sectors of Ukraine are the founding members of the UNTPAM Association, the legal entity for the created platform.
The BILAT-UKR*AINA project will further support the UNTPAM international activities by enhancing the cooperation between UNTPAM and the EU technology platforms as well as national technology platform from the EU Member states. As a first step for starting the cooperation with EU Technology Platforms, a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation between UNTPAM and the Romanian Technology Platform for Advanced Engineering Materials and Technologies was signed. Additional memoranda are planned.
Dr. Marina Gorokhovatska
Dr. Iryina Bilan
ICT in-house training in Budapest | 6-7 October 2014
Participants of the BILAT-UKR*AINA ICT training in Budapest| © RCISD
Following the Summer School on RTDI policies & instruments held in Kyiv, RCISD – the Regional Centre for Information and Scientific Development – organised an ICT in-house training for experienced Ukrainian researchers and research project managers in Budapest. The training took place on 6-7 October 2014, with the aim to offer intensive training for just a few of the best or most promising Ukrainian researchers of top-level Ukrainian RTDI organisations, as well as to increase their likelihood of participation in RTDI projects with European partners.
RCISD organised a very successful and fruitful training for the Ukrainian researchers.
Leading Hungarian trainers, experts, and project managers accepted the invitation; thanks to their preparedness, knowledge and experience instructive and interesting presentations were offered during the two-day training. Creative and useful group work – led by experienced trainers – improved the practical skills of the trainees on project preparation and proposal writing. During the discussions the experts gave useful advice and shared their experience with the trainees.
As the aim of BILAT UKR*AINA is to promote EU MS/AC – Ukraine cooperation in Science and Technology, the training supported participation in joint projects by providing concrete information and practical training on proposal writing.
The in-house training gathered senior Hungarian researchers in the field who shared their experience through presentations or roundtable discussions. The participants coming from various top-level universities or research institutes of Ukraine also had the chance to get hands-on experience in H2020 proposal writing with the support of their Hungarian fellows. Opportunities for networking aimed to increase the likelihood of formulating joint projects. The in-house training was closed by a study visit to the CERN Wigner Data Center.
Download the agenda and presentations.
The ICT in-house training in Budapest was the first of the four BILAT UKR*AINA training sessions; the upcoming events will organised by other project partners in Warsaw and Paris.
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